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01/20/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Bonnie Blue Flag

I think if we are realistic, the South - the old Confederate states - really only has one entirely unique feature
that other parts of the country don't have, and that is this nearly 400-year history of tremendous intimacy,
in every sense of the word, good and evil, between two very different kinds of peoples: people who were
brought here against their wishes from Africa and a largely Anglo-white population.”

- Reynolds Price
(01 Feb 1933 - 20 Jan 2011)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This song was suggested by       my husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) a couple of years ago; I thought it fitting that it should fall here between Lee and Jackson's birthdays.  Thanks again, Paul!

   It struck me as rather interesting that the author of the most appropriate quotation died two years ago today at the age of 77:




... On January 26, 1861, Mississippi officially adopted a new flag, which included the Bonnie Blue Flag in its canton and a magnolia tree in its center field (known as the Magnolia Flag). This flag remained in use until 1894. An Ulster immigrant named Harry McCarthy was present, and later wrote The Bonnie Blue Flag ("bonnie" being a Scottish word meaning "beautiful") which became a popular marching song, and led to the flag being used as an unofficial flag of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Typically, the refrain is:[2][3]
Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Southern Rights, Hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a Single Star![2][3]

The Bonnie Blue Flag holds special significance to the Texas brigade...


"The Bonnie Blue Flag", also known as "We Are a Band of Brothers", is an 1861 marching song associated with the Confederate States of America. The words were written by Irish born entertainer Harry McCarthy, with the melody taken from the song "The Irish Jaunting Car". The song's title refers to the unofficial first Flag of the Confederacy, the "Bonnie Blue Flag, the symbol of secession from the Union, that bears the "single star" of the chorus.

"The Bonnie Blue Flag" holds special significance to the Texas brigade. The song was premiered by lyricist Harry McCarthy during a concert in Jackson, Mississippi, in the spring of 1861 and performed again in September of that same year at the New Orleans Academy of Music for the First Texas Volunteer Infantry regiment mustering in celebration.[citation needed]

The New Orleans music publishing house of A.E. Blackmar issued six editions of "The Bonnie Blue Flag" between 1861 and 1864 along with three additional arrangements. The "Band of Brothers" mentioned in the first line of the song is a reference to the St. Crispin's day speech in William Shakespeare's play Henry V...





   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
22 -
  Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND   
 Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY

23 -     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD;
25 -
    Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA;

26 -      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!  



January 20, 1887 - The U.S. Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.

January 20, 1941 - A German officer was murdered in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers.

January 20, 1942 - At the Wannsee Conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, senior Nazi German officials discussed the implementation of the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question".

January 20, 1944 - The British RAF dropped 2,300 tons of bombs on Berlin.

January 20, 1945 - Hungary agreed to an armistice with the Allies.

January 20, 1945 - Germany began the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which would take nearly two months.



Sunday, January 20, 1963 - Professional wrestler Firebreaker Chip was born Curtis Thompson in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sunday, January 20, 1963 - Actor James Denton was born James Thomas Denton, Jr. in Nashville, Tennessee.


      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 01/19/13, 8:12 PM - "       Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC)":


Please know that Paul is in my prayers and that he may have a speedy recovery and get back to his old self. Don't worry about him...that has never helped anyone get well yet...that I know of. If you know of someone that got well by worrying let me guess is that you don't ! I know lots of people and have never known this to be the case. I have known people that worry themselves to death, though. Bet you do too.

Also let
   Butch Ragland ('63 - of CO) and his family know that he is in my prayers. His faith is amazing !


   Thank you so very much, Dimples! We deeply appreciate that! I echo your sentiments about Butch - he absolutely boggles my mind!

   But don't worry?!? Why, Dimples, I do it so very well! In fact, it's one of my greatest talents! Aren't we supposed to magnify and enlarge our gifts and talents?!?


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 01/19/13 - "HELP- MUST SELL - BUS FOR SALE MCI-9":

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This would make a great starter bus.
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Here is a video of our bus.

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   WOWZERS! Thanks, Glenn!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/19/13 - "Read this sentence carefully":

When God takes something from your grasp, he's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence.

"The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you."

Something good will happen to you today, something that you have been waiting to hear. Please do not break. Just 27 Words:

'God our Father, walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family in your name, Amen.'

This prayer is so powerful. Pass this to 12 people including me. A blessing is coming to you in form of a new job, a house, marriage or financially. Do not break or ask questions. This is a test. Does God come first in your life? If so, stop what you're doing and send it to 12 people now. Watch what He does.

Thank you so much, Joyce! I thought if 12 people would be good, more than 650 would be better!


From My Friend, Cheryl of NC - 01/19/13 - "Live Your Life With Courage":


Courage is admitting that you're
Afraid and facing that fear directly.
It's being strong enough to ask for help
And humble enough to accept it.

Courage is standing up for what you
Believe in without worrying about the
Opinions of others.

It's following your own heart,
Living your own life,
And settling for nothing less than
The best for yourself.

Courage is daring to take a first
Step, a big leap, or a different path.
It's attempting to do something that
No one has done before, and
All others thought impossible.

Courage is keeping heart in the face
Of disappointment, and looking at defeat
Not as an end but as a new beginning.
It believes that things will ultimately
Get better even as they get worse.

Courage is being responsible for your
Own actions, and admitting your own
Mistakes without placing blame on
Others. It's relying not on others for
Your success, but on your own skills
And efforts.

Courage is refusing to quit even when
You're intimidated by impossibility.
It's choosing a goal, sticking with it,
And finding solutions to the problems.

Courage is thinking big, aiming high,
And shooting far. It's taking a dream
And doing anything, risking everything,
And stopping at nothing
To make it a reality...


   Thank you, Cheryl, your timing - like Joyce's - is impeccable!




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From - 01/19/13:

Two roofers, Larry and Joe were on the roof laying tile, when a sudden wind gust came and knocked down their ladder.

“I have an idea” said Larry. “We’ll throw you down, and then you can pick up the ladder.”

What, do you think I’m stupid? I have an idea,” said Joe. “I’ll shine my flashlight, and you can climb down on the beam of light.”

What, do you think I’m stupid? “You’ll just turn off the flashlight when I’m halfway there.”



1.Thursday, February 7, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations. 

3. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,


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Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol




Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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The Bonnie Blue Flag

Lyrics by
Harry McCarthy (1804-1874), 1861

Music - old Irish tune, The Irish Jaunting Car

We are a band of brothers and native to the soil
Fighting for our Liberty, With treasure, blood and toil
And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star!

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

As long as the Union was faithful to her trust
Like friends and brethren, kind were we, and just
But now, when Northern treachery attempts our rights to mar
We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

First gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand
Then came Alabama and took her by the hand
Next, quickly Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida
All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Ye men of valor gather round the banner of the right
Texas and fair Louisiana join us in the fight
Davis, our loved President, and Stephens statesmen are
Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

And here's to brave Virginia, the Old Dominion State.
With the young Confederacy at length has linked her fate.
Impelled by her example, now other States prepare
To hoist on high the Bonnie Blue flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Then here's to our Confederacy, strong we are and brave,
Like patriots of old we'll fight, our heritage to save.
And rather than submit to shame, to die we would prefer
So cheer for the Bonnie Blue flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Then cheer, boys, cheer, raise a joyous shout
For Arkansas and North Carolina now have both gone out;
And let another rousing cheer for Tennessee be given
The single star of the Bonnie Blue Flag has grown to be eleven!


"Bonnie Blue Flag" midi (sequenced by Barry Taylor) courtesy of - 01/21/11 (sic)
at the suggestion of Paul Harty of IL - 01/17/11
Thanks, Paul!

"Bonnie Blue Flag" lyrics courtesy of - 01/21/11 (sic)

Image of the Bonnie Blue Flag courtesy of - 01/21/11 (sic)

Small Bonnie Blue Flag clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 01/21/11 (sic)

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

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